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Today, Friday, Oct. 17, activists in Cascadia stood up to defend the forests of Canada. Meeting at the Office Depot on MLK near Stark, they brought banners and flyers to educate the public and Office Depot customers about how the store's paper procurement policies don't go far enough to protect ancient forests.
Although two driving passers-by had the usual blather -- "Go home!" (I am home, I thought to myself, here in Cascadia, trying to defend the forests!) and "Hippies!" -- other people honked and waved, and at least two customers told Office Depot they would be taking their business elsewhere. The first of the two was staff from one of the Community Colleges, and the second was a city employee who purchases supplies for a whole division, so these two customers represented significant business for the store. The woman from the city had not heard about Office Depot's policies before, but was quickly convinced on the spot, and went inside to tell them she was terminating the relationship. Yay!
The U.S. District Court of Oregon late today ruled that the language placed on the ballot for the November 4, 2003, election for the formation of a People's Utility District (PUD) in Multnomah County was "inherently misleading and hinders the conveyance of accurate information to voters." Chief Judge Ancer Haggerty found that the language about the tax consequences of Measure 26-52 is "profoundly misleading" and severely impairs the ability of PUD supporters to accurately explain the tax consequences to voters.
The November 3 ballot includes Measure 26-51, which creates a Multnomah County PUD. That measure has no tax consequences at all. The ballot also includes Measure 26-52, which would allow the new PUD, if created to apply a one-time levy of 3 cents percentage $10,000 of property valuation for the purpose of funding a professional engineer's report on the value of the assets of Portland General Electric Co. (PGE) that the PUD may wish to acquire. State law requires that any PUD formation election include this levy.
The Multnomah County Commission adopted ballot language for these measures, which the U.S. District Court found to be inherently and profoundly misleading. The language states, "This measure may cause property taxes to increase by more than three percent." In fact, the court's opinion concluded that "the three percent warning overstates the potential effect of Measure 26-52 by a factor of 10,000."
The newest Tent City, "Integrety Village" was swept this morning amidst menacing threats from the local Police Department. Brother Ibrahim Mubarak, a Principled Muslim Revolutionary who has spent most of the last few years organizing around Homelessness and Imperialism, has been named the Information Co-ordinater, and faces jail time for allegations of " sleeping outdoors". Brother Ibrahim, to the ire of the courts has refused a plea agreement on the basis of the Principle of Universal Human Rights.
A conferance with the Media was held on location at SE Water Avenue, to discuss the situation with Today's Sweep. Cadre from the Tent City along with various other stratas of the Local Left were in attendance to denounce the actions and to demand Universal Housing, Healthcare, and Employment be instituted in the United States, a "developed" Western Industrial Country.Furthermore, the group intends to maintain a presence, that is the necessity of a basic sleeping arrangement, were ever it so chooses until the situation is genuinely resolved.
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At the recent Jim Hightower Presentation at Portland State University, Lloyd Marbet spoke for about 8 minutes about the upcoming vote to turn Portland General Electric into a Public Utility District and the most recent Campaign Finance Reform Initiative petition drive
"We need to stop legalized bribery in Oregon. We need to put Money Is Not Democracy's initiative petition number 53 on the ballot; we need to take back our Democracy; we need to enact Campaign Finance Reform."
Referring to corporate control of the political process, Lloyd says, "what is happening to us is not new; it has been going on for a long time. What is new is the opportunities that are now before us and the face of the powers that that stand against us....we need to take control of our utilities, we need to take control of our legislature."
MEDICINE LAKE - A San Jose-based company planning to build a pair of geothermal plants near this sacred lake has asked the U.S. Forest Service for permission to conduct more than 200 surveys of the resource-rich area.
Calpine Corp. says it isn't planning any new projects and that the surveys are meant only to get a better understanding of the area's potential. Although the company made the formal request, the project is really headed by the state California Energy Commission, which funds geothermal research, Calpine spokesman Kent Robertson said Monday.
Environmentalists warned that more surveys could mean only one thing: More development in an area held dear by American Indians and nature lovers.
Medicine Lake Hike and Campout Oct 18/19
The Medicine Lake Caldera is a magical area held sacred to many of the Northern California and Southern Oregon tribes and a rare refuge for the wild in the scared landscape of the Southern Cascades and valleys of the Klamath Projects. Located about 30 miles east of Mt. Shasta, Medicine Lake is the largest shield volcanic in the Cascade Range and host roadless areas, rare carnivore species, lush lakes and springs, vocalic flows and lava tubes, and many ancient forests. It feeds the largest spring system in California. Partially due to the "energy crisis" they helped manufactured, Calpine corporation has approval to begin turn this landscape into an industrial wasteland of power plants, toxic slumps, large roads and at least 38 miles of clearcuts for 1000 feet wide power lines. This will all be paid for with taxpayer money and sold back to us as "green energy".
News Update from PCUN, Oregon's Farmworker Union: On Sunday, Oct. 12, the rainclouds parted to reveal a clear, blue sky just in time for the commencement of the Grand Opening Celebration, which featured events both inside and outside of the Center. An audience including Nuevo Amanecer residents, elected officials, and representatives from charitable foundations gathered under a large white tent for the opening ceremonies.
The government of Gonzalo ("Goni") Sanchez Lozada in Bolivia is facing a massive wave of popular resistance after announcing a plan to sell off the country's natural gas reserves to foreign corporate interests, including US energy companies. The announcement came on the heals of austerity measures hiking the price of basic necessities.
The Neocon election rigging juggernaut lurches forward unstoppable in the guise of so-called election reform. Two Republican dominated corporations, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), and Diebold Voting Systems, now control 80% of the vote count in the United States. As this transition has taken place, a pattern of election upsets which overwhelmingly favor Republican candidates is emerging. These are only test runs in preparation for the 2004 presidential selection. The Neocons have determined that elections can be manipulated easily with the new touch screen voting systems and when accompanied by a media pounding of lies the public will accept the rigged election results as fact. The greatest advantage of the new touch screen voting scam is the removal of a paper trail and the blockage of access to the inner workings of the software.
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Diebold machines caught skimming votes in California
Based on the very unlikely distribution of votes for some candidates (a meteor hit my car twice this week sort of odds) a hand count of the affected counties to compare with the machine reported count should be done. This would show that the machines had been tampered with to alter the results. As we already know, it is not possible to audit touchscreen machines because Diebold refuse to allow printing of a ballot to be placed in a box as a back up for use in just such an apparent tampering with votes.
Diebold Doing End-Runs Around Election Certification - Here are the memos
From Diebold engineer: "Right now you can open GEMS' .mdb file with MS-Access, and alter its contents. That includes the audit log... The changes to put a password on the .mdb file are not trivial and probably not even backward compatible, but we'll do it if that is what it is going to take."
Response from Metamor: "For now Metamor accepts the requirement to restrict the server password to authorized staff in the jurisdiction, and that it should be the responsibility of the jurisdiction to restrict knowledge of this password. So no action is necessary in this matter, at this time."
electronic (blackbox) voting
Computer Voting Fraud book - online now! and Free Download!
DIEBOLD HAS SHUT DOWN BLACKBOXVOTING.ORG!
Related story: All the President's votes?
Loggers for Roseburg Forest Products were met this morning by handfuls of forest activists at the Blodgett timber sale. RFP showed up to start logging Blodgett Unit 7 this morning in the Umpqua National Forest near Cottage Grove. Forest defenders met the loggers as they pulled in on the road while others were in the forest waiting... Freddies (forest service law enforcement rangers) were no where to be seen. The loggers decided they didn't want to deal with "protestors" so the loggers went home for the day.
Tomorrow, however, may be an entirely different story......
Portland new wave band Railer are touring for 5 weeks across the country, with a mission to inform and invigorate fans and voters to take local action to prevent voting machines from being purchased and installed for the 2004 election.
Portland, OR - October 6 - Upcoming Portland band Railer is launching a nationwide music tour in mid-October to join the fight against fraudulent voting technologies. The popular new wave rock act that won the Northwest's largest ever band search will tour coast to coast spreading information about the new technologies while introducing new fans to their unique sound.
Jim Hightower spoke to an enthusiastic crowd at Portland State University Wednesday evening, October 8, 2003. This is a 35 minute audio file of that presentation. Articulate, humorous, witty, his presentation was all of these, blended with a keen perceptive grasp of the political arena, he unfolds the theme of his most recent book, "Thieves in High Places." His remarks were preceeded by a presentation by Lloyd Marbet who spoke about the upcoming vote to turn Portland General Electric into a Public Utility District and the most recent Campaign Finance Reform initiative.
He led off by saying that he was proud to be in Portland adding to the rebellion against the thieves in high places who are trying to steal our country from us. "Piece by piece they have been stealing our democracy, which is really our ability to make the decisions that control our lives. These days that ability has moved out of our lives into the corporate suites" Hightower fully supports the citizen Initiative to turn PGE into a PUD, and demonstrated a better grasp of the issues involved than most citizens who live here, at least those citizens who are depending upon PGE and the local media to inform them about the issue. He encourges folks to vote on November 4th and "kick Enron's thieving butt out of Oregon."
This is a 37 minute audio file , full of insight and humor An excellent presentation, Krugman speaks to the Bush tax cuts and other policies which are weakening the economy and the country. These not only include economic policies, but foreign policies which are draining our country of resources needed right here at home. An excellent presentation, full of insight and humor.... Read More>>
Roseburg Forest Products, owned by timber beast Allyn Ford, will begin logging operations at the Blodgett timber sale tomorrow.
Blodgett is located in the Umpqua National Forest near the town of Cottage Grove, Oregon. A tree-sit there last year saved 9 acres of old-growth (along with public outcry and pressure), and Roseburg Forest Products released paperwork stating that they would not begin logging the rest of the sale until 2004. Well....the forest defense community won a major victory against 6 other timber sales last week, and RFP is probably worried about a ripple effect and decided to get the trees on the ground before anything else could stop them....
The unit they will begin operations in is unit 7 - a highly diverse unit on a steep slope, and home to a cougar, and others. There are gorgeous rocky meadows there as well as madrones, hemlocks, sugar pines, doug firs, yew trees, and more.
Allyn Ford/RFP holds contracts to log dozens of other old-growth timber sales in Oregon.
Activists on Gypsy Mountain are being harassed and endangered by employees of Columbia Helicopters, an international company based in Oregon contracted by Maxxam/Pacific Lumber to fall trees and yard them with helicopters. The giant, double-propeller helicopters have become an annoying mainstay in the skies of Humboldt County since the area was opened to helicopter yarding several years ago.
Imagine the scene: a country is wrenched by violence. Civil war rages between rival factions, supported by forces from various neighboring states. The country abounds in some of the rarest and most valuable resources in the world, resources vital for industrial economies everywhere. Meanwhile, US special forces and mercenaries employed by private military contracting firms like Halliburton, Dyncorp, and MPRI, quietly guard massive, modern, sophisticated industrial operations for the extraction and shipment of these strategic resources, right in the midst of the surrounding turmoil. Is this Iraq a year from now?
Try Congo today, according to Keith Harmon Snow. Snow has spent the last four years investigating events in Central Africa, including Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic. He spent seven months on the ground in Central Africa, collecting eyewitness accounts from refugees, and witnessed the activities of US based multinationals in mining and other mineral extraction operations. His conclusion: citizens in the outside world have been fed an elaborately crafted lie concerning events in the Congo and surrounding countries, a lie intended to completely whitewash the role of US and other industrialized countries in deliberately sponsoring and fomenting war, supplying modern weapons and training to armed groups in exchange for privileged, royalty free access to rare minerals vital to industrial economies... But the atrocities are in Africa, and the world is silent...
On October 6th, two animal rights activists streaked across the soccer field at the Women's World Cup soccer tournament carrying a banner stating, "Adidas kills kangaroos" and "Boycott Adidas!". Both of the women involved have stated that they were driven to take such extreme action because of the horror the felt while watching the footage of the Kangaroo slaughter, including images of baby Joeys being ripped out of their dead mother's pouches, thrown to the ground and stomped to death.
The World Cup receives sponsorship from Adidas, and the sporting goods giant has been under heat lately due to their use of 'K Leather', or Kangaroo Leather in the making of their soccer shoes. The nearly unregulated hunting that goes on in the Australian outback of these gentile creatures has been responsible for millions of deaths, and has directly contributed to the extinction of six species of kangaroo, and helped put 17 more on the endangered species list. Adidas is the largest purchaser of Kangaroo skins, leaving them largely responsible for what is now the largest slaughter of wildlife in the history of humanity. [ Read More ] [ www.savethekangaroo.com ]
The children's garden is gone. In its place is a dark patch of barren earth. Standing tall in the middle of the wreckage is a large, white sign that reads, "NO TRESPASSING" in two languages. (Yes, Officer Meyers mentioned this in my conversation with him earlier in the week. He was very proud of the fact that he made sure the signs banishing The People from the park would be in Spanish as well as English.) People walking by keep their heads down now, no one stops to smile at the thoughtfulness of children. All vestiges of their gift, and the gifts of the Earth, are gone. Plowed under by Officer Meyers' vision.
The homeless people are not gone, they still have nowhere else to go and so they have not gone. A large group of homeless men and women lined the sidewalk across the street from the garden, as they have every morning for as long as I can remember. I stopped to talk to a small group near the corner. As always, everyone was friendly and courteous to me. I asked what they thought of the mess across the street. One man gestured toward the wasted ground and said, "I think they're going to replant it. It used to be really pretty, with the flowers and stuff there. It was beautiful." He smiled fleetingly at the thought, and then shrugged it away.
Another man said, "Yeh, we used to camp there sometimes. I think that's why they did this. Because we camped there. It used to be so pretty." "Where will you go now," I asked. "Now that the garden is gone?" "Oh, we'll go somewhere," He replied. He was used to this. "We never go away, we always have to be somewhere. We'll find a place."
Background/related: [ Officer Meyers leads Portland Police in eradicating children's garden (Oct. 8) | Open letter to the lovely Officer Myers-watch your ass! (Oct. 8) | Children's Garden plan..what do you think? (Oct. 10) ]
Portland-- A federal district judge ruled today that the Forest Service illegally allowed logging of old-growth forests in six controversial timber sales on the Mount Hood and Willamette National Forests in Oregon.
Judge Garr M. King ruled that the Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it allowed logging of 574 acres of old-growth forests within the Clark, Solo, and Borg timber sales in the Mount Hood National Forest, and the Straw Devil, East Devil, and Pryor timber sales in the Willamette National Forest. The judge halted any logging of the forests through November 7, when he will hold a hearing to decide whether to permanently enjoin logging.
Solo, Clark, Borg, Straw Devil, East Devil and Pryor Sales Might Be Cancelled at Nov. 7th Hearing
"These old-growth forests are a legacy for our children, and deserve to be protected for future generations," said Pete Frost, attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center in Eugene, who represented three conservation groups in the suit. [ Read more... ]
Cascadia Forest Alliance Statement on Lawsuit Victory
This is truly a victory for Cascadian grassroots activism and organizing. And all your support, whether moral, physical, or financial was critcal in making this happen. This victory is yours as well! [ Read more... ]
I am a junior at Tualatin High School, and have always believed in freedom of speech and expression. Recently, my school has enacted a rule that forbids wearing bandanas on school grounds, because they are gang-related. I have never heard of a gang or any kind of gang activity in this predominantly middle class suburb. While I have never worn a bandana to school, this new injustice tempts me to do so. The fact that this piece of fashion, which is growing increasingly popular, has been taken away for an unsatisfying reason makes me terribly upset. I can not believe the administration would take this extreme, and that the majority of the students is taking it in stride.
Peace Fresno was infiltrated by an agent working for the Fresno Sheriff's Department. Aaron Kilner, known by Peace Fresno activists as Aaron Stokes, attended several Peace Fresno meetings. Peace Fresno activist Nicholas DeGraff remembers him taking voluminous notes and several members say they saw him at peace vigils held at Shaw and Blackstone. He was also on the bus local anti-globalization activists took to attend the WTO ministerial-level conference on Agricultural Science and Technology demonstration in Sacramento in June 2003.
Aaron Kilner died in a motorcycle accident on August 30, 2003. In his obituary in The Fresno Bee he was identified as a member of the Fresno County Sheriff's department. The obituary went on to say that he was "assigned to the anti-terrorist team." Local activists believe that this "anti-terrorist team" is, in fact, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) that has recently been formed in this area.. When members of Peace Fresno saw the picture and read of Kilner's association with law enforcement they began piecing the story together.
The infiltration by law enforcement of progressive community groups in Fresno and throughout the country has long been used to disrupt legitimate political work. This disruption occurs by sowing seeds of mistrust among members, agents often promote discord within the group, and sometimes encourage illegal or violent actions. Agent provocateurs have been know to instigate violence at demonstrations, giving the police an excuse to attack protestors.
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